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Lead Paint Removal: Retrofitting Pipe Racks in Houston, TX

Location: Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas
Services Performed:
Priming for Coating
Sq footage of work:

Client Background

This client, a global leader in construction and development, has a rich history from starting in a small fishing village in Sweden to becoming one of the most prominent construction companies in the U.S. They boast a strong focus on sustainable solutions and safety innovations, serving a wide range of sectors. The company, with a significant presence across the country and a strong financial backing, specializes in construction, civil infrastructure, and commercial development projects.

Facility Description

The project in question was conducted in Houston, Texas, as part of a Texas transformation package. It involved a critical retrofitting task on existing pipe racks at a high-traffic construction site. Our client, known for its commitment to environmental sustainability and safety, required a specialized approach for this project.

Requested Maintenance

The main challenge was the removal of lead-based paint from the pipe racks, a necessity for retrofitting. The project was complicated by the company's stipulation against blasting, necessitating the use of a chemical stripper. This phase of work had to be meticulously planned and executed to prepare for the subsequent coating phases.

Decision Driver and Timing

The urgent need for retrofitting existing pipe racks, which could not be welded onto due to the presence of lead-based paint, drove this project. The immediate removal of all lead paint was crucial for the continuation of the facility's construction activities.

Scope of Work

  • Application of a neutralizing chemical stripper to remove lead-based paint from pipe racks.
  • Careful execution in a high-traffic area to minimize disruption and maintain safety standards.
  • Preparation of surfaces for the next phases, including thorough cleaning and priming for coating.

Notable Details

Environmentally Conscious Methods

Due to the prohibition of blasting, an environmentally friendly chemical stripper was used. This method aligns with the company's commitment to sustainability and safety, ensuring no harmful blasting debris affected the busy construction site.

High-Traffic Area Management

The complexity of working in a high-traffic area required strategic planning and execution to ensure minimal disruption to ongoing operations.

Phase Planning

This project was a part of a larger transformation package, necessitating precise coordination with other ongoing construction activities. The work was structured into phases to align with broader project timelines.

Client Satisfaction

Our client, a company with a reputation for excellence in project execution, was pleased with the specialized approach taken to address the unique challenges of this project. The successful removal of lead paint without blasting and the minimal impact on their ongoing operations exemplified the effective collaboration and adaptability in meeting client needs.


This project underscores the ability to adapt to client-specific requirements and environmental considerations, showcasing expertise in handling complex, high-stakes construction challenges. The successful completion set the stage for the next phases of a Texas transformation package, reinforcing a strong partnership.

Houston, Texas
Services Performed:
Priming for Coating
Sq footage of work:
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